Authorities release details on car chase, shooting

City of St. George Police Department’s K-9 vehicle retrieved after being stolen by a female under arrest at Purgatory Correctional Facility. A high speed chase ensued, ending in a shoot out at a Chevron station off state Route-9, Hurricane, Utah, Nov. 19, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

HURRICANE – The Washington County Attorney’s Office released the following statement concerning the auto-pursuit and shooting at a gas station in Hurricane Monday night:

The Washington County Critical Incident Task Force has been deployed to investigate the officer involved shooting that occurred in Hurricane on the evening of Nov. 19.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators from multiple agencies are actively working on the case.

Based upon the initial investigation, on Nov. 19, 2012, at approximately 6 p.m., St. George Police Department officers arrested a 48-year-old St. George woman for two no-bail parole violation warrants issued by the State of Nevada as well as a Hurricane City Justice Court warrant.

A St. George Police officer transported the woman to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane for booking.  According to initial interviews with the transporting officer, the woman was searched and handcuffed for transport.  When the officer arrived at the jail and opened the passenger door, he discovered that the suspect was holding a gun in her hand-cuffed hands and pointing it at him from behind her back.  The officer retreated and the woman gained access to the driver’s seat in the police vehicle, started the engine, and drove the police vehicle through the closed rolling door of the jail’s sally port.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the ensuing pursuit of the suspect.  The pursuit went through Hurricane City and La Verkin City. She drove to Interstate 15 and went southbound from the La Verkin area.  A Utah Highway Patrol Trooper deployed tire deflating road spikes on I-15 and successfully deflated a tire on the stolen police vehicle.  The woman continued to flee from officers at a high rate of speed, eventually turning eastbound on state Route 9 heading back toward Hurricane City.

The woman drove to the Chevron gas station located at 40 North 6300 West in Hurricane and pulled into a parking stall in front of the store.  She exited the stolen police vehicle and attempted to enter another parked vehicle.

Officers arrived immediately and confronted the woman.  According to initial statements, she was still handcuffed but brandishing a gun. A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy fired one shot from the Deputy’s duty hand gun at the woman.

The woman was struck in the hip and collapsed as a result of her injuries.  She was taken into custody.  Medical personnel responded and the woman was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center where she is currently being treated.  The firearm he used was recovered at the scene.

Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap confirmed the police vehicle that was taken by the suspect was a K-9 unit. The police dog that was in the vehicle during the incident was not harmed.

The investigation into alleged criminal actions involving the suspect is being conducted by the Hurricane City Police Department.

The investigation into the actions and responses of the officers involved is being conducted by the Washington County Critical Incident Task Force, under the direction of Washington County Attorney Investigator Barry Golding.

Request for Assistance

Investigators are looking for anyone with information regarding this incident.  Please contact Investigator Barry Golding at 435-986-2606 if you saw or heard anything.

Submitted by the Washington County Attorney’s Office.

Note:  Persons arrested are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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11 Comments

  • Ed Kociela November 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Why are they not naming the suspect?

  • Goldies Pa November 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I appreciate the follow up information. Thanks to the county prosecutor and to this site!

  • Tyler November 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Dis place iz turning hard core, yo

  • Me November 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    LOUISE! (Thelma and Louise)

  • J November 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Am I to assume she was handcuffed, somehow got hold of a gun after being searched, drew on the officer while her handcuffs were still on and drove while with her hands cuffed behind her back.

  • San November 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I agree with Ed K…why the secresy about the names involved? You see not only names but birthdates and addresses posted for everyone else, even people who are later cleared of the most ridiculous charges…but this insane woman’s identity is not being published anywhere????

  • Goldies Pa November 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I wonder if it has to do with the HIPAA laws. Since it was published that she was shot in the uh “rear end,” (LOL) and is hospitalized, I wonder if they actually are prohibited by law from naming her. I really don’t know, it is just an idea.

  • Diane Prisbrey November 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    WOW! can’t wait to hear how this one is explained.

    • jb smith November 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      How do you hold and point a gun and drive with your hands behind your back seems impossible

      • Alvin November 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

        Many people can move their hands to the front after being handcuffed. Try it some day. It’s really not that hard to do.

  • Jaymee November 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

    It was Joann Boone known as Jo they released the name today. I actually know her personally and she was the exact person who came to mind when I heard about this crime. She’s already spent over 28 years in prison. Its no suprise to me

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